Mary Flood, aged 74, from Castletara in Cavan is one step closer to winning the coveted title of Specsavers Irish Grandparent of the Year after she was chosen as the winner of the Ulster region.
Mary, is one of four regional finalists in the competition.
The team at Specsavers Cavan recently presented Mary with her prize of a bottle of champagne, a Specsavers eyewear voucher and a framed certificate.
Speaking at the prize-giving, Mary said: ‘I am absolutely delighted to have been selected as the Ulster winner and regional finalist of the Specsavers Grandparent of the Year Award.
'It is a real honour and wonderful to know that my grandchildren are proud of my story and that they cherish our relationship.’
Mary, whose nickname is Oma, is a loving and proud grandmother and dotes over her grandchild, Yasmin.
Yasmin and Mary share an exceptionally close and loving relationship and enjoy gardening and visiting new restaurants.
Specsavers Cavan store director Ronan Finn commented: ‘We are delighted to be presenting Mary with her prize and were touched by the wonderful story written by her granddaughter Yasmin.
'The Specsavers Grandparent of the Year Award recognises the many benefits of an ageing population and the special role that grandparents play in Irish families.
'It is charming to see such a strong bond between a grandmother and her granddaughter. We wish Mary the best of luck in the final.’